The Federal Election is quickly approaching, with Canadians due to choose their Federal representatives on October 19, 2015. While this election is our opportunity to select a leader to represent the country, it also calls upon us to choose individual Members of Parliament (MPs) that represent our distinct and vibrant local communities here in Halton.
Halton’s MPs are our partners in advocating for our residents’ priorities and provide support to address the issues facing our region. Just as your Mayors and members of Regional Council act as your voice in Council Chambers, MPs act as your voice in the House of Commons. With the provincial Places to Grow Act mandating that Halton’s population grow to 780,000 by the year 2031, we must work together with all levels of government to address the rapidly increasing demand on our local services and infrastructure. By building and strengthening relationships with your elected federal and provincial representatives, the Region works to achieve the support that will help us maintain our strong long-term financial position and protect taxpayers from the cost of growth.
This week, Halton Region is sending a questionnaire to every Federal Election candidate running in our community. This questionnaire will allow candidates to weigh in on growth-related issues affecting the region by asking how they will address specific challenges which include:
- Meeting our community’s infrastructure needs.
- Adapting and responding to climate change.
- Creating real and affordable housing solutions.
- Building a strong economy.
- Ensuring adequate, high quality child care options.
As we receive them, candidate responses will be posted on our website at halton.ca/election2015, allowing you to make an informed decision about the future of your community. I encourage all residents to stay informed and consider how party platforms and candidate positions align with your vision for Halton’s future.
A strong Halton helps build a strong Canada. I look forward to working with our elected Federal representatives as we advocate for a strong Halton together. To learn more about the issues facing our region, visit halton.ca/election2015 or halton.ca/advocacy.
As always, if you have any regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”